Marius Neset, sax.
Truly a comet both as sax player and composer, writing for big ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta and Bergen’s Philharmonic Orchestra. His unique way of playing can rapidly change from tight and rhythmically complex to soft and poetic.
Helge Lien, piano.
His delicate playing has given him international recognition. Along with Marius Neset, he recently participated in the EST Symphony project and he has released ten albums with his own trio.
Håkon Mjåset Johansen – drums.
Well known for his work with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Ensemble Denada, and also with Bugge Wesseltoft and Nils-Petter Molvær . He has also released a live CD where his quartet is guested by Chick Corea.
Arild Andersen himself, the bass player with the warm tone, can truly be called a legend in European jazz. His career started back in 1967, and the band with Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal och Jon Christensen released one of the first ECM albums, “Afric Pepperbird.” During the following years he played with Sonny Rollins, Don Cherry, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, George Russell and many others. In the 80´s he started his legendary band Masqualero with Jon Balke, Nils-Petter Molvær, Jon Christensen, and Tore Brunborg which toured worldwide.
He has played with Stan Getz ,Sonny Rollins, Don Cherry, Paul Bley ,Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell
Tommy Smith , Chick Corea a.o.
He has released 22 albums under his own name on ECM. His whole discography is a piece of living jazz history, but above all he is firmly connected to the present, and his big musical joy, groove and creativity is combined with an excellent technique. He is also a fantastic composer, and Arild Andersen Group’s repertoire consists mainly of his songs.